Mr Shola Taylor, the Secretary-General elect of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has told a telecoms forum in the U.S. that affordability and universal accessibility pose severe challenge to broadband growth despite the enormous progress made in the past years.
The Nigerian-born CTO chief said at the recently concluded 31st Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) held in Miami, USA that expectations of broadband growth, generally regarded as high-speed Internet services, also face those barriers in spite of various broadband technologies available.
“Broadband is becoming more of significance because despite the enormous progress made during the past years, and the variety of broadband technologies available, the challenge of affordable and universal access to broadband is still staring us in the face. The Internet of Things is predicted to connect over 50 billion devices by 2020 generating huge amounts of data that will be transmitted, using both advanced terrestrial and satellite technologies”, Taylor told attendees at the telecoms conference.
According to him, “I am pleased to note that broadband is a priority for CANTO. It is therefore appropriate that your conference focuses on this issue and in this respect, I applaud the organisers for creating this platform of open dialogue.”
Taylor was appointed secretary-general of the CTO on June 16, 2015, and will take over officially on September 17, 2015, the body had earlier announced.